Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond at 2017 National Book Festival.jpg
Desmond discusses the book at the 2017 National Book Festival
AuthorMatthew Desmond
CountryUnited States
SubjectSociology, poverty, low-income housing
Publication date
March 2016
Media typePrint (hardback)

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a 2016 non-fiction book by the American author Matthew Desmond. Set in the poorest areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the book follows eight families struggling to pay rent to their landlords around the 2008 financial crisis. It highlights the issues of extreme poverty, affordable housing and economic exploitation in the United States.[1]

The book won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The Pulitzer committee selected the book "for a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty".[2] It also won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award,[3] the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction,[4] the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction Award,[5] the 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism,[6] the 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize[7] and the 2018 Order of the Coif Book Award.[8]


  1. ^ Evicted by Matthew Desmond. PenguinRandomHouse.
    - "Poverty and Profit In the American City". The Crown Publishing Group. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  2. ^ The Pulitzer Committee. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond". Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Calvin Reid (March 17, 2017). "Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Win 2016 NBCC Awards". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION". PEN America. January 18, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction | Awards & Grants". www.ala.org. Retrieved May 27, 2017.[dead link]
  6. ^ "2017 Hillman Prizes". Hillman Foundation. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Schoenberg, Nara (May 4, 2017). "'The Underground Railroad,' 'Evicted' win Tribune's Heartland Prizes". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Order of the Coif Book Awards". The Order of the Coif. Retrieved September 27, 2018.